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Board of Directors

Composed of respected practitioners, educators, researchers, and policy planners, our leadership team is dedicated to Global Alliance’s mission.

President

Jill D. McLeigh, PhD

Director, Policy, Advocacy, & Research | Children’s Health (Dallas, TX)

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PRESIDENT-ELECT

Rebecca Singer, DNP, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor |  College of Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago

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Past President

Cynthia Taylor Handrup, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor | College of Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago

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Secretary

Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD

Associate Professor, Nursing & Health Studies | Georgetown University Medical Center

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Treasurer

William R. Beardslee, MD

Distinguished Gardner-Monks Professor, Child Psychiatry | Harvard Medical School

Chairman Emeritus and Director, Baer Prevention Initiatives | Department of Psychiatry, Boston Children’s Hospital

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Director at Large

Swarnima Chaudhary, MPH

Behavioral Assessment Consultant | University of Iowa

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Director at Large

Max Crowley, PhD

Associate Professor, HDFS & Public Policy | Penn State University

Director, Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative | Social Science Research Institute, Penn State University

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DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Monica Landers, MA, MSW

Senior Social and Behavioral Researcher, Child and Family Studies | University of South Florida

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Silicia Lomax

DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Silicia Lomax, MPH

Health Senior Associate | Waxman Strategies

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DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Arelis Moore de Peralta, MD, MEd, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor,  Department of Languages and Department of Youth, Family, and Community Studies | Clemson University

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DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Maury Nation, PhD

Associate Professor, Human and Organizational Development | Peabody College,
Vanderbilt University

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Student Representatives

Student Representatives to the Board of Directors must be graduate students, resident physicians, or post-doctoral fellows in a recognized training program in a discipline related to behavioral health. They must be a member of the Global Alliance at the beginning of the term. This one-year term is a great leadership opportunity for student members!

Student Representative

Nadha Hassen, HBSc, MPH

PhD Student, Environmental and Urban Change | York University

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Student Representative

Cori L. Cafaro, MSc, MA

PhD Student, Clinical-Community Psychology |  DePaul University

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Get Involved

Our Board of Directors invites you to engage with us in promoting the creation and adoption of policies to address issues related to behavioral health and social justice through research, practice, and advocacy. 

American Journal of Orthopsychiatry

Co-Editor

Jill D. McLeigh, PhD (ex officio)

Director, Policy, Advocacy & Research | Children’s Health  (Dallas, TX)

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Co-Editor

William Spaulding, PhD (ex officio)

Professor, Psychology | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Central Office

Executive Officer

Robin Kimbrough-Melton, JD (ex officio)

Research Professor | Colorado School of Public Health

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Senior Policy and Global Affairs Advisor

Gita Jaffe, PhD

Consultant | Toronto, Canada

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Communications and Policy Assistant

Melissa Lewis

Charlotte, NC

COMMUNICATIONS AND POLICY ASSISTANT

Kirby Magid, MA

PhD Student, Health Psychology | University of North Carolina at Charlotte

COMMUNICATIONS AND POLICY ASSISTANT

Rachel Uri, MA

PhD Student, Health Psychology | University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Committees

The Global Alliance Board of Directors appoints committees to assist in carrying out the business of the association. Members of the Global Alliance are welcome to join these committees. Contact the Central Office for more information.

  • Awards – Chaired by Cynthia Handrup
  • Conference (2022) – Chaired by Cynthia Handrup; co-chaired by Silicia Lomax and Arelis Moore
  • Development – Chaired by Arelis Moore
  • Finance – Chaired by William Beardslee
  • Membership – Co-chaired by Monica Landers and Arelis Moore
  • Nominations – Chaired by Cynthia Handrup
  • Policy – Chaired by Rebecca Singer 
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